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Classic Acts of Vandalism
Cleaning Vandal
Cleaning Vandal
Earlier this month, a sculpture, valued at around $1.1 million, on display in a German museum, was damaged by a well-intentioned custodian who apparently thought that the water stain in the bottom of the pan (pictured) was a dirt stain , not an art stain. The piece in question, Martin Kippenberger's "When it Starts Dripping from the Ceiling," features a tower of wooden struts built over a black pan that no longer has the special patina that was supposed to look like a water stain on its bottom. Regarding the unintentionally vandalized piece of art, a spokeswoman for the museum told reporters that, "It is now impossible to return it to its original state." For now, the sculpture remains on display at the Ostwall museum.

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